Emirates does away with COVID-19 jab certificate for UAE residents from India

Emirates stated on Tuesday that COVID-19 immunisation certificates are no longer necessary for admission into the UAE for citizens from India and five other countries.

According to the Gulf News, all passengers with a valid UAE residence visa are allowed to travel to and through Dubai from India, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Uganda as long as they have a valid COVID-19 test certificate issued within 48 hours of sample collection and scheduled flight departure.

The General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) requires Dubai visa holders to apply for pre-entry authorisation.

COVID-19 immunisation certificate is no longer mentioned as a condition for entrance into Dubai after Emirates airline revised its travel regulations for UAE citizens travelling in from India, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Uganda, according to the report.

Only COVID-19 PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) test results with a QR code linked to the original report will be accepted.

Passengers must take a COVID-19 PCR quick test four hours prior to their flight’s departure. Antigen tests performed in a hurry will not be approved. Passengers must do a COVID-19 PCR test when they arrive in Dubai, according to the article.

UAE citizens are free from these restrictions, but must undergo a COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival in Dubai, according to the statement.

Airlines have also informed travel agencies that vaccination certificates would not be examined when enabling UAE citizens to return to Dubai.

According to the article, the immunisation proof of getting both doses from within the UAE is still a requirement for Etihad, the UAE’s second flag airline.

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